Referendum: Voters approve SAD 61 budget

By a 424–282 margin, the SAD 61 budget was approved Tuesday.

The general education budget calls for $27,928,764 while money for adult education, community use of facilities and subsidy for the food service program pushes the overall figure to $28.5 million.

Voters also decided to keep the current budget meeting/validation referendum format for the next three years by a 454–246 margin.

Here’s the vote breakdown:

Article 1, Budget

Bridgton: 134 Yes, 82 No

Casco: 83 Yes, 74 No

Naples: 131 Yes, 59 No

Sebago: 76 Yes, 67 No

Article 2, Meeting format

Bridgton: 132 Yes, 81 No

Casco: 95 Yes, 61 No

Naples: 132 Yes, 56 No

Sebago: 95 Yes, 48 No

A year ago, the budget passed by a 506–268 margin. Voting was down in Bridgton (46 votes), Casco (12) and Sebago (14). Naples was up four votes.

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